Finding new strategies to deal with the changes that are hitting the sector is a challenge, but with the right support you can find all the ideas you’ll need. But that’s the easy part. The biggest challenge is what happens once you’ve got those ideas.
There’s an old story about a Persian farmer that a lot of struggling charities might find extremely relevant. It was popularised by the 19th century Baptist minister Russell Conwell and it goes like this…
Many small local charities are struggling to make the shift from grant-dependency to financial freedom. In this interview, Deven Pillay, CEO of Harrow Mencap, help to navigate that journey by talking through what it takes to make the leap…
Need is growing, funding is contracting, grants are turning into contracts, and the people who are giving them out are looking for ever more things in return. For charities on the receiving end, it seems that ‘doing good’ is no longer enough.
Mark Lever, CEO of The National Autistic Society talks about the sector’s most pressing challenges, and how business thinking is becoming increasingly important to its future survival
Between 2001 and 2011 the charity sector’s income grew from £31bn to £41bn a year. Not through fundraising or grants, or legacies or investments, but through commercial trading. Public donations […]
It’s a tough time to be providing services to the public sector. Budgets are vanishing, framework agreements are pushing risk and cost down the supply chain, services are being commoditised […]
How can charities develop a more commercial and professional culture without selling out? The third sector generates over half of its income from selling goods and services, but as markets […]
In this “new economic reality” Charities need, more than ever, to be highly efficient, effective and fully aligned behind the impacts and outcomes they want to achieve. An ambitious strategy […]